Set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest near the Maputaland Coast in South Africa, &Beyond Phinda Forest Lodge is a perfect home base for both land and sea safaris. Spend the morning tracking a black rhino on foot, swim with whale sharks in the afternoon, and watch loggerhead and leatherback turtles laying eggs on the beach in the evening.
Afterward, retire in a suite that fuses spectacular architectural design with the ultimate in conservation principles. Inventively designed in a style affectionately known as Zulu Zen, the 16 suites of Phinda Forest Lodge are built on stilts and appear to float between the forest floor and the towering torchwood trees.
Each handcrafted, glass-encased suite boasts a minimalist flair that incorporates high-gloss wooden floors, richly tactile fabrics and brightly accented Zulu artifacts. The suites feature luxurious en suite bathrooms with slate hand basins and viewing decks where guests can drink in the sight of graceful nyala and duiker antelopes in the dappled shade of the forest.
The lodge’s sparkling rim-flow swimming pool and expansive decks look out onto panoramic views of an open meadow where animals frequently graze. A traditional African boma is enclosed with a wooden fence and offers lantern-lit open-air dining beneath a canvas of stars.